Sunshine, Light, and Joy


This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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  2. Some months work better though. Summer is good. People are out of school and not as busy then. Christmas doesn't get a big opening because people are busy with lots and lots of stuff. I know my life gets hectic around the holidays. With that said, I expect TFA to open to ginormous numbers because of how anticipated the film is.
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  4. Wow! I'm surprised Birdman is front runner now. I actually think at this point AS can pull an upset. Has there ever been a time in Oscar history where we got a BP/BD split three years in a row. If it happens this year, I think this might become a fairly common theme this decade. Maybe that will become the way of awarding what they feel is the runner up film.
  5. This year BP will be a tie. There, you heard it from me.
  6. That's a bit surprising. I still can't see the Academy going for Birdman.
  7. I think Birdman was an okay film, but Keaton's performance is undeniable.
  8. I take that more to mean that he enjoys his job, not exactly killing, but that his work gives him a sense of purpose.
  9. What's interesting is that people would not be nitpicking this film nor would it be so controversial had it not happened so damn high.
  10. Sounds more like a reboot. They say they will trim stuff, add stuff, and potentially bring stuff back like Gwen. My guess is they are actually going to try and make it more like the movie universe more than anything. I do expect though Nick Fury to be Ultimates Fury going forward.
  11. Strong number for Sniper coming off a holiday Monday.
  12. So, has everyone heard that the Marvel Comic Universe is being rebooted? This is a pretty big deal. We are talking over 50 years of history here gone. Although, DC did the same thing a few years ago.
  13. I agree. Though, I think the guy who played MLK did a really great job though. This year has been a very good one for performances.